The Tennessee Gulag

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by Sharon Rondeau

[Editor's Note:  The following letter has been mailed to Polk County, TN inmate Rex Peak, who turned himself in after U.S. marshals were dispatched to his home in Florida despite no charges ever having been filed against him. Nevertheless, Judge Amy Reedy, about whom The Post & Email has reported on many occasions, issued a $250,000 bond for Peak which his public defender has not challenged.  Eastern Tennessee is known for its thorough public corruption which includes racketeering, judicial malfeasance and a "good old boys" criminal syndicate suspected of trafficking in humans and drugs.]

October 26, 2012

The State of Tennessee boasts an economy which supports commerce and agriculture, but its judicial system is one of the most corrupt in the nation.

Mr. Rex A. Peak
P.O. Box 1189
Benton, TN  37307

Dear Rex:

Thank you very much for your letter.  I hope The Post & Email is making a difference for the people in eastern Tennessee and the state as a whole.  You are right:  the laws on the books have been ignored, and people are living in place not unlike the old Soviet Union.

The law has been transcended by crooked public officials, including judges, who are participating in a human trafficking ring.  I now know that this is going on all over the country, including with children in the foster care system.  It’s enough to make anyone sick.

I did not publish anything this time since you requested that I not divulge the contents of your letter.

In case jail staff is reading this letter, I am very grateful that they are delivering the mail back and forth between us.  This is a right that every prisoner has:  to receive and send mail as long as it violates no law, which it does not.  In so doing, we are uncovering more and more corruption of which the public needs to be informed.

The human trafficking and other crimes going on in the Tenth Judicial District are coming to light.  In my opinion, the governor needs to call for the convening of a special grand jury to investigate the unlawful detentions, lack of basic needs in the jail, criminality of Judges Amy Reedy and Carroll Ross, and any law enforcement personnel who violate citizens’ constitutional and statutory rights.  Tennessee is a gulag which needs a total scrubbing, and the governor should know that.  All of them should be ashamed of themselves for failing to act and therefore failing as public servants.

As Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Tennessee has not seen liberty in a very long time because of judicial, prosecutorial and law enforcement corruption.  It’s not right, and it won’t stand.  For the FBI not to investigate the prisoners-for-profit enterprise operating in the Tenth Judicial District as well as in other places is a crime in and of itself, and they need to be brought to account for brushing it aside while people are treated like chattel.

However, I truly believe that there are more of us than there are of them, meaning good vs. evil.  Good always wins out over evil in one way or another.

You are a good artist.  Another inmate with whom I am in contact, Todd Sweet, is also talented in that area.  You might want to write to him, as he has a lot of experience on which to draw.  He has exposed a lot of corruption in his letters and reports to me.

His address is:

Todd Sweet #453762 – 1A/112
1499 R.W. Moore Memorial Hwy.
Only, TN  37140

I will pray about your November 5 hearing and your well-being in general.

Take care until then.

Very truly yours,


Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT  06076


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